Thursday, May 31, 2012

Quotable Quotes

Quotable Quotes is my way of sharing some of my favorite quotes from books, movies and songs.

For the next couple of months I'll be featuring two quotes; one regular and one for the Meg-a-Readers.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Tune In Tuesday Gimme Gimme

Tune In Tuesday is a fun weekly post hosted by Ginger at GReads.

Continuing with the Meg-a-Readers themed post, this week I've chosen ABBA's Gimme, Gimme, Gimme (A Man After Midnight)

Friday, May 25, 2012


Hello Meg-a-Readers and anyone else who came when they saw the title of this post. Looks like I'm having a giveaway.

But before I tell you what I'm giving away, we have a winner from my opening day post:
Jenelle R.

Jenelle will be recieving a couple of bookmark sent to me by Meg Cabot herself.

Now for today's giveaway; since we started the Mythology Reading Challenge on Wednesday, I decided to help out with that by giving away a signed copy of Abandon.

Retelling vs Retelling

There are a lot of mythology retellings going around, they're like the new vampire or something. One myth that I've notice is hugely popular in the retelling department is the story of Persephone.

In case you don't know her story Persephone was the daughter of the goddess of the harvest, Demeter. One day while picking flowers with her friends Hades, god of the Underworld, kidnaps her and takes her with him to be his bride. While in the Underworld Hades gets Persephone to eat some pomegranate seeds, which ensure that she would stay with him. After some negotiation it was decided that she would only have to live in the Underworld for 4 months of the year.

Whether Persephone purposely ate the pomegranate fully aware of the consequences or if Hades "tricked" her is a question for another day.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Mythology Challenge

Seeing as how the Meg-a-Readers blog hop is (partially) in honor of Underworld a "dark reimaging" of the Persephone myth, it seems only appropriate that we have a Mythology reading challenge.

Mythology my infatuation for 2012; at least so far.

Even if you're not a Meg-a-reader, everyone is welcome to join. Especially fans of mythology retellings. Because, hey that's just what we'll be reading until June 16!

Since Underworld is a retelling of a Greek myth, that is exactly what the challenge will pertain in. Any modern day retelling, stories "reimagined," gods in the 21st century.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Tune In Tuesday (Kissed You) Good Night

Tune In Tuesday is a fun weekly post hosted by Ginger at GReads.

I've had this song stuck in my head all day, well at least since I read the scene in my book that reminded me a lot of this video and had me going "kiss her, kiss HER!!!"
In case you're wondering, he didn't. But it's cool, we've only just begun.

Dancing Naked In Dixie - Review

Dancing Naked in DixieDancing Naked in Dixie by Lauren Clark
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published: May 21st 2012 by Monterey Press

Travel writer Julia Sullivan lives life in fast-forward. She jet sets to Europe and the Caribbean with barely a moment to blink or sleep. But too many mishaps and missed deadlines have Julia on the verge of being fired. With a stern warning, and unemployment looming, she's offered one last chance to rescue her career. Julia embarks on an unlikely journey to the ‘Heart of Dixie’—Eufaula, Alabama—home to magnificent mansions, sweet tea, and the annual Pilgrimage. Julia arrives, soon charmed by the lovely city and her handsome host, but her stay is marred by a shocking discovery. 
Can Julia's story save her career, Eufaula, and the annual Pilgrimage?

Monday, May 21, 2012

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

It's Monday. What are you Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey where we share what we have been reading and what we plan to read this week.

The time has finally arrived for the Mythology Challenge part of the Meg-a-Readers blog hop, which will run til June 16, conveniently the day before the Meg-a-Readers read-a-thon.

Friday, May 18, 2012

To Do #6 - Live

This is a list of things to do in my life. I'm making it because I'm big on life experiences. They are things I'd like to experience in my life, however small, although very few actually are.
The items on this list are not in any specific order.

As I was getting reading to write this post, well alright not really I actually wasn't thinking about it, a list of books about "Bucket List" was bought to my attention.
Featuring a book appropriately titled:

Quotable Quotes

Quotable Quotes is something new I'm going to try since, like I mentioned in a previous post I love quotes. It was while putting together the quotes in that post and trying narrow them down to 10 that I realized I should just dedicate individual post to my favorites.

For this week sticking with the Meg Cabot theme I've chosen a quote from her more recent novel Abandon:

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Tune In Tuesday: Dirty Dancing

Tune In Tuesday is a fun weekly post hosted by Ginger at GReads.

For this week's Tune in Tuesday in honor of the first day of our Meg-A Readers event, I've decided to post something for Princess Mia. Since The Princess Diaries was the first novel I read by Meg Cabot and she is always mentioning this movie throughout the books, and it's most likely a big reason I even watched it myself.

I give you the final dance scene to Time of My Life from Dirty Dancing:

My First Ever Meg Experience

Welcome to day one of the Meg-a-Readers Blog Hop! I can't believe it's already here! For the next 2 months we'll be together reading, reviewing and pondering our admiration for all things Meg Cabot. Plus anything else that relates to her genres.
Oh and we also might be giving away some of her books that just happen to be signed. I might actually be giving away a little something at the end of this post.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Well That's Familiar

Over the weekend I went to the movies with my sister and the theater was strangely empty. About 8 people including us. It was about 10 minutes into the movie that I realized "This isn't The Avengers!" No wonder it was empty.

Turns out the movie was The Raven; which is good because that's the one I paid to see.

I actually had no intentions to go see The Raven, once it ended I have no idea why. It was good, for only 8 people in the audience it deserves more.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Abandon - Review

Abandon (Abandon Trilogy, #1)Abandon by Meg Cabot
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published April 26th 2011 by Point

Though she tries returning to the life she knew before the accident, Pierce can't help but feel at once a part of this world, and apart from it. Yet she's never alone . . . because someone is always watching her. Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.

But now she's moved to a new town. Maybe at her new school, she can start fresh. Maybe she can stop feeling so afraid.

Only she can't. Because even here, he finds her. That's how desperately he wants her back. She knows he's no guardian angel, and his dark world isn't exactly heaven, yet she can't stay away . . . especially since he always appears when she least expects it, but exactly when she needs him most.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Dusty Reads (11)

Dusty Reads is a weekly meme hosted by Xpresso Reads, featuring a book that has been sitting unread on a home shelf for some time.

Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Top Ten Favorite Quotes From Books

Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

I love quotes as much as I love top ten list.
Which actually isn't that good a thing, since there is no way I'm narrowing it down to ten.

I'm gonna cheat a little with some and combine two from the same book.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Underworld (Abandon #2) - Review

Underworld (Abandon Trilogy, #2)Underworld by Meg Cabot
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published May 8th 2012 by Point

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot, the dark reimagining of the Persephone myth begun in ABANDON continues ... into the Underworld.

Seventeen-year-old Pierce Oliviera isn't dead.

Not this time.

But she is being held against her will in the dim, twilit world between heaven and hell, where the spirits of the deceased wait before embarking upon their final journey.

Her captor, John Hayden, claims it's for her own safety. Because not all the departed are dear. Some are so unhappy with where they ended up after leaving the Underworld, they've come back as Furies, intent on vengeance . . . on the one who sent them there and on the one whom he loves.

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

It's Monday. What are you Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey where we share what we have been reading and what we plan to read this week.

Well there went another month, I guess before I begin I should share what I said I would on my last post. Because like I said then, you were all eagerly awaiting to see what I chose to do with my weekend.
It's more than alright if you have no idea what I'm talking about since the only reason I remembered was because I was checking to see when my last It's Monday... post went up.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012